Listen along with our teaching series through the book of Daniel: Living as Strangers in a Strange Land. Join us as we follow Israel through exile. We will explore how they dealt with life as a minority culture, fighting to maintain faithfulness to God despite opposition and assimilation.
In this week's teaching, Josh discusses the biblical theme of exile, the circumstances that surrounded Judah's exile and captivity in Babylon, and in particular, the steadfastness of Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah in the face of unbelievable suffering and temptation. Then we consider how we too may live faithful uncompromising lives as followers of Jesus as we wait for our return from exile.
In this second week in our Daniel series, Josh develops the historical backdrop and cultural situation of Judah's exile in Babylon that brings Daniel chapter 1 into sharper resolution. From here we try and understand what it was about Daniel and his friends that gave them the strength and resolve to say no to the influences and cultural pressures of Babylon when so many of their contemporaries could not.
In this week's teaching, Josh discusses how knowing our story and the identity that our story provides us gives us what we need for life-long obedience in exile. Daniel knew his history and it kept him faithful. He knew his future and it gave him boldness. And as we come to find that Daniel's future is now our past, we have all that we need for faithful obedience and bold witness in our present. — We apologize for the poor audio quality in the recording. We'll have that fixed next week.
This week's teaching centered on Daniel 3 where we considered the worship of Nebuchadnezzar's golden image and Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego's refusal to bow. Then we explored the dangers associated with nationalism and the worship of empire and nation.
Our God is good, he is the true King and he is in control. These truths are seen throughout the story of Daniel and specifically in Daniel 4, this week. We see a King, dethroned and ultimately how God changes his heart. We see a young exile, heartbroken over the bad news for the King, one who truly had obeyed God's command to seek the welfare of the city. Ultimately, we see a King who is telling others of the greatness of our God. Walk through the story of exile with us, as we learn of God’s gracious appeal to his people to relinquish control and acknowledge his good and sovereign rule afforded to us through Jesus Christ.